Wednesday, May 23, 2012
ORNL in the News

Roger MyersRoger Dale Myers, ORNL health physicist

(Oak Ridger) Roger Dale Myers, 58, of Oliver Springs, passed away Sunday, May 20, 2012, in Robinsville, N.C. He was born July 5, 1953, in Independence, Kan., to Dale and Betty Hubert Myers.

ORNL, Yale Team Advances Virtual Nanopore Method with an Eye to Third-Gen Sequencing System

(Genome Web) [Registration Required] A group of researchers from Oak Ridge National Lab and Yale University is developing a method for creating virtual pores that can immobilize very small objects in an aqueous system — an approach that they hope can eventually be applied in the third-generation sequencing realm...5/23

Summit on energy security being held this week in southeastern Kentucky

(The Columbus Republic) Government, educational and energy leaders are meeting this week in southeastern Kentucky for the Tennessee Valley Corridor National Technology Summit. U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers of Kentucky's 5th District will deliver the keynote at the event, which runs Wednesday and Thursday at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset. The focus of the summit is "Promoting America's Energy Security."...U.S. Reps. Jimmy Duncan and Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee are to attend the summit, as well as Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason...5/23


Microsoft Engineers’ Side Project Wins Energy Dept. App Contest

(TPM) It would take roughly ten to fifteen trees to offset the amount of carbon produced by leaving your computer on every night for a month. Does knowing that motivate you to turn off your computer tonight?...5/22

Troubled nuke waste firm's lease has no exit clause

(Knoxville News Sentinel) IMPACT Services leases an 8 1/2-acre site on the far west end of the East Tennessee Technology Park from the Community Reuse Organization of East Tennessee, which is the agent for developing surplus properties from the U.S. Department of Energy...5/22

State & Regional

UT Releases Groundbreaking Study on State of Economy in Appalachia

(Tennessee Today) A strong community is not unlike a computer. It needs good hardware—transportation, housing and infrastructure—and software—education, health care, and workforce development. A groundbreaking study conducted by University of Tennessee, Knoxville, researchers sheds light on the strengths and weaknesses of communities in Appalachia...5/22






Nuclear Watchdog GroupNuclear talks begin in Baghdad, a day after U.N. watchdog says deal with Iran is near

(Washington Post) World powers began a fresh round of talks with Iran on Wednesday amid hopes of progress toward a deal on Tehran’s disputed nuclear program that could help lift the threat of war hanging over the Middle East...5/23

Home Prices Up 10% In Year; Can Sales Rebound Last?

(Investor's Business Daily) Once-tentative signs of a housing recovery are hardening into a more solid foundation, lifting prospects for a sector that's been a major drag on the economy. The latest signal came from existing-home sales, which rose 3.4% in April vs. March, according to National Association of Realtors data out Tuesday...5/22

East Tennessee

Knoxville City Council begins budget talks

(Knoxville News Sentinel) City Council members would fund more Knoxville sidewalks if they could. But they don't have line-item power over the spending plan — a $180.5 million operating budget recommendation for 2012-13 from Mayor Madeline Rogero — they formally began reviewing Tuesday...5/23

energy & science policy

Subcommittee on Research and Science Education Examines the Planning and Management of NSF Research Facilities

(AIP) On April 18, the House Science, Space and Technology Committee’s Subcommittee on Research and Science Education held the second in a series of hearings focused on major multi-user research facilities management...5/22

science & technology

SpaceX launches rocket to space station

(WKMG) SpaceX sent its Falcon 9 rocket and unmanned Dragon capsule soaring off a Cape Canaveral launch pad early Tuesday, heading for an historic rendezvous with the International Space Station. The rocket lifted off into dark skies above the Space Coast at 3:44 a.m....5/22

Ink SacFossil Ink Sacs Yield Jurassic Pigment—A First

(National Geographic) The ink's been dry for 160 million years—but scientists have for the first time confirmed pigment in two fossilized ink sacs from cuttlefish-like animals, a new study says.(5/21)

Manufacturing woes haunt high-tech battery maker

(Nature News) A leading manufacturer of high-performance lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles is struggling to make ends meet. Last week, A123 Systems of Waltham, Massachusetts, announced net losses of US$125 million in the first quarter of the year. Its woes are symptomatic of larger problems facing the battery industry...5/22

Other Stories

FacebookFacebook plunges 18% below IPO price

(CNN) Facebook continued to plunge as its stock dropped nearly 9% Tuesday. Facebook (FB) fell as low as $30.98 per share just minutes after the opening bell. That's 18% below $38, the price of its initial public offering, which debuted on the Nasdaq on Friday. The stock ended the day down 8.9% at $31...5/23

Delhi monkeysIndians Feed the Monkeys, Who Bite the Hand

(New York Times) The first interloper stepped in front of her on the sidewalk and silently held up his hand. The second appeared behind her and beckoned for her bag. Maeve O'Connor was trapped...5/22